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“I let everything I’m seeing sink in because this is what I want to remember the most. I want to remember exactly what she looks like the second she hands over a piece of her heart.”
That is one of my favorite quotes from Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover that really embodies the book as a whole. Losing Hope is the follow up to Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless and it is told in the point of view of the complex and irresistible Dean Holder.
In Hopeless we find out about Sky’s troubled past that she has skillfully blocked out of her mind. With her secrets coming to life we understand the choices her stepmother made and why she is so keen on blocking out any emotions. Holder’s secrets and demons that haunt him are still in question, and it is all revealed in Losing Hope.
Hoover flawlessly captured the voice of Holder and gave so much depth into his mind. He has a hard time coping with the death of his twin sister Lesslie, who he calls Les. Holder was the one who found his sister’s lifeless body, and since then he has felt nothing but guilt and torment every day. To unleash his anguish and built up emotions he writes in a journal. The entries are all letters to Les as he still tries to keep a connection with his sister.
Holder loves his sister more than life itself and can’t seem to understand why she committed suicide. He feels that he should have picked up on clues or seen it coming. The brother and sister relationship that Hoover captures is beautiful and real. One of my favorite parts of the book is when he reflects on his sister and their close bond. It makes you understand his reactions in Hopeless and you realize he isn’t a temperamental head case but a brother in grief.
The relationship between Sky and Holder is just perfect and it is more evident than ever that they are meant for one another. Their witty and sarcastic humor draws you in once again in Losing Hope. Despite all the pain, loss, love, and their troubled past, Holder and Sky find closure in the book.
Hoover is a phenomenal writer that brings each of her beautiful stories to life with each word written. Losing Hope is the end of the heart-warming series, and it will evoke so many emotions that will have you falling in love with the characters all over again.